Vegan chocolate cupcakes for an easy dessert on Meatless Monday

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This time of year, it's all about the baked goods -- so what's a plant-based eater to do? Make your own, of course. These chocolate cupcakes are super-easy and suitable for any occasion.

See also: - Vegan zucchini bread for a sweet seasonal treat on Meatless Monday - Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday - Vegan carrot cake for a fancy dessert on Meatless Monday

This recipe was adapted for altitude from The Joy of Vegan Baking.

You will need:

1 3/4 cups flour 3/4 cups sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/3 cup oil 1 tablespoon distilled vinegar 1 cup cold water powdered sugar to top

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and lightly oil a muffin tin.

1. Place the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined. 2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Put the vanilla, oil, vinegar and water in the well. Mix until just combined. 3. Pour into muffin tin -- this should make eight to ten cupcakes. Bake for fifteen minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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